Quote:Foster wrote this song in 1851 which was the same year that he wrote the more noted "Old Folks At Home." I posted this song before and by request I'm posting it again. I mean no offence by the caricatures portrayed in the video. They portray the attitudes of American society in the mid 1800's when this song was popular. I truely enjoyed 'frailing' the banjo in this recording.
Quote:This is one of the Foster songs that was actually much more popular after his death than in the time period when he wrote it According to several music historians, "Old Folk's At Home' reached it's height in popularity in the 1890s and early 1900s. Due to it's subject matter of 'darkies' and plantations, many politically correct choral groups and singers no longer use it in performances. In my opinion, to omit part of our history is nothing less than rewriting our history. Many people are unaware that this song has 3 verses
Quote:Originating in Ireland, this tune dates back to the 1600s under several different names depending on what lyrics are used. All versions tell of an unfortunate person who is dying. Some of the names are: "The Bard of Armagh"-"Saint James Hospital"-"The Unfortunate Rake."- "The Bad Girl's Lament ." Prior to the adoption of the cowboy lyrics in "The Streets of Laredo," the most popular lyrics were included in"The Unfortunate Rake" which tells the sad tale of a poor man in an infirmary dying from Syphilis. This video was made in 2009.
Written by James Bland, who was one of the better known black American composers of the 1800's, wrote this song in an attempt to tell of the plight of many older slaves after they were freed. Some of the more fortunate were taken care of by their family that left for the North or found work elsewhere. Many had been slaves for all of their lives and found freedom a difficult transition. They no longer wanted to be slaves but yearned for the security of that they had known earlier in life. For many, their old 'masters' were the only family that they ever knew. A modified version of "CARRY ME BACK TO OLD VIRGINNY" was actually the Virginia State song until 1997. The 'powers that be' in Virginia decided that it was to racially offensive to be used as a state song.
Check out the youtube channel of the above singer MusicOfTomRoush
has many great renditions of songs from that era. I have no affiliation with Tom, just a fan.